"...IT'S ME AGAINST
THE WORLD."

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY MARK SYLVIS.

The links below go directly to MP3 files. You can play them in your browser, or right click on each song title, and select the "Save As" option to save these songs to your own collection.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Smith.

10/10/2013 - David Friedman has unearthed yet more rare recordings of Mark! And just in time for what would be his 30th birthday. Click here to download the tracks.

2/16/2012 - Well, it's been two yearsto the day since Mark passed, so I thought I would put up free-for-download all of Mark's rarities. This is the full tracklisting of the rare recordings compilation record we made for him right after he died, THE SUNS IS HERE I DON'T HAVE TO HIDE. There are still a couple of hardcopies left if you want to buy one, but now you can download all the tracks for free. Click here to download the tracks.

4/1/2010 - The Mark Sylvis rarities compilation is here, and it's called THE SUN'S HERE. I DON'T HAVE TO HIDE. The Rare Recordings of Mark Sylvis. Click here to learn more.

3/17/2010 - The ALMOST GONE LIVE AT THE KNITTING FACTORY recording has been updated with two, previously missing tracks (number 1 and 2). Please download them and update your libraries.

STUDIO RECORDINGS     TOP

Almost Gone - Slick Talkin' Fool

today is a blind date with everyone I knew.

I believe this was released in 1998, when Mark and the rest of Almost Gone were in 10th grade. This album shaped my high school years. Rough around the edges though it may be, I wouldn't change a sound on this record. This is one of those albums I have listened to so many times, in my head I feel like I can hear every individual instrument, on it's own.

If I recall correctly this album was recorded in one, 8-hour studio session.

This album was performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, Joe Lofaro, and Chris Toyer. All songs written by Mark Sylvis.

  1. Sick of It
  2. Free for All
  3. High School Dropout
  4. Nothing to Lose
  5. Waiting
  6. Another Wasted Life
  7. Bleach
  8. Wasted Away

Almost Gone - Almost Gone II

Now that we have lost, what were we fighting foR?

I want to say this album was finished in our senior year in high school. Around 200 or 2001. I attended one of the recording sessions for this album. Took a lot of photos that I probably won't be able to find.

This album was performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, Joe Lofaro, and Chris Toyer in the same studio, with the same engineer, as their first. All songs written by Mark Sylvis.

  1. Release
  2. Our Way
  3. Lily
  4. Hardly Thinking
  5. Killing Me
  6. The Daily Grind
  7. End of an Era
  8. Summer's Gone
  9. Whatever
  10. Playing With Innocence
  11. One Day
  12. Staring at the Sun

Almost Gone - Bankrupt in Vatican City (single)

Because it's me against the world.

This couldn't have been later than 2002. This is the first Almost Gone recording to be digital, their first two albums were on 16-track analog tape.

This album was performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, Joe Lofaro, and Chris Toyer. All songs written by Mark Sylvis.

  1. Bankrupt in Vatican City
  2. Over
  3. Kill Your Parents

Almost Gone - The Outcome and The Order (EP)

Always destructive; You're the same as me.

These works were finished, I want to say, certainly sometime in 2003. Take note of the line-up change: This is Almost Gone's first recording after David Friedman stepped in to play bass guitar, after Joe's departure.

If I recall, this recording was never officially "released." And by that I mean, it never got proper cover art, or a pressing. It was mostly distributed with word-of-mouth, and CDRs. So, that said, if anyone objects to this album being up here for download, please contact me.

This album was performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, David Friedman, and Chris Toyer. All songs written by Mark Sylvis.

  1. The Outcome and The Order
  2. Bleed
  3. Out The Window
  4. A Better You
  5. Deviation
  6. Ashes Always

Almost Gone - The Virgin Element

Your hurting so much, i can tell... And you do that so well.

This was recorded in several sessions, at a well-known digital studio, I believe in the summer of 2004. This is obviously the band's technical pinnacle, both in terms of production quality, and musicianship. We all have undying nostalgia for the early stuff, but you can't argue that this is Almost Gone's most polished product as a group. This would serve to be Almost Gone's last album.

You will notice that some of the songs from The Outcome and the Order EP ended up on this collection.

This album was performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, David Friedman, and Chris Toyer. All songs written by Mark Sylvis.

  1. The Queen is Dead
  2. Pin Up
  3. Sleeping with the Enemy
  4. Asking For It
  5. Bleed
  6. Deviation
  7. Slack
  8. Candy Champagne
  9. A Better You
  10. Lost
  11. Ashes Always

Negative Blue - UNFORTUNATE SON (SINGLE) 2005

She's my gun in hand.

After Almost Gone's dissolution, a million things happened. Somehow, I ended up in Mark's band. These three tracks were recorded in four, 8-hour sessions in mid-2005.

This album was performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, David Friedman, and Thomas Smith. All songs written by Mark Sylvis.

  1. Unfortunate Son
  2. Deeper Still
  3. Pulling Hair

Negative Blue - STIFF DRINKS AND SINCERE CONVERSATION

Pain will never be the same again.

This was Negative Blue's first and last full-length album. It was recorded entirely in our private studio, entirely by us, entirely on my laptop, over an eight month span. It was then mixed and mastered by an actual professional, Dan Patel, at Zen7 studios.We released it with a big party in June of 2008. We played the whole album live, in the very room that we recorded it.

I have yet to find the words to explain the times we had recording this. Just listen. And hear how Mark changed.

This album was performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, David Friedman, and Thomas Smith. Except the cello parts on Dust in the Attic and Crash. Those were performed by David Landau. Mandolin and trumpet on this record are played by Mark Sylvis. All songs written by Mark Sylvis.

LIVE RECORDINGS     TOP

Almost Gone - Live at The Knitting Factory

I disappointed you. The absense of mind was all too clear. remember this: You are so much more, and I am less.

This is a stereo record, from a direct out of the mixing board at The Knitting Factory. Unfortunately, I don't remember the date of this performance, but if I had to guess by the setlist, I'd guess mid 2003. This was recorded on April 6th, 2003.

What I remember about this show, was that Mark was using one of Mike's guitars for one reason or another, and, in a fit of rock, Mark tossed it during the last song. You can hear Mike mention this on the microphone before the end of the last track.

This show was performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, David Friedman, and Chris Toyer. All songs written by Mark Sylvis. Field recording by Thomas Smith.

  1. Extreme Sickness SongPreviously Unreleased
  2. The Outcome and The Order
  3. Kill Your Parents
  4. Over
  5. A Better You
  6. Bankrupt in Vatican City
  7. Disappointed YouPreviously Unreleased
  8. Our Way
  9. Deviation

NEGATIVE BLUE - Live (AND ACOUSTIC) at BEER CITY

Think about you so much, makes you famous.

This is a recording of a live, acoustic performance at Beer City Studios, on March 31st, 2007.

This show was performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, David Friedman, and Thomas Smith. Accordian by Mike Wendland. Auxilliary percussion by Thomas Smith. All songs written by Mark Sylvis. Recording engineered by Thomas Smith.

  1. Lady in Waiting
  2. Maybe She's Lost (aka Love to Make You Laugh) Previously Unreleased
  3. Until We MeetPreviously Unreleased
  4. Looking Glass SelfPreviously Unreleased
  5. Pulling Hair
  6. You A Bad Religion Cover
  7. Lay and Love

NEGATIVE BLUE - Live (AND LOUD) at BEER CITY

only the lonely have really lived.

This is a recording of a live performance at Beer City Studios, on February 27th, 2007.

The crowd response this night was especially intense. Super close friends, in super close quarters. Listen to everyone singing along when "Deeper Still" starts. Listen to every one anticipating the pause on "Lay and Love." So much fun.

This show was performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, David Friedman, and Thomas Smith. All songs written by Mark Sylvis. Recording engineered by Thomas Smith.

  1. Brown Jacket
  2. Dust in the Attic
  3. When You Looked Away
  4. Body of the Enemy
  5. Lady in Waiting
  6. Liza (Cover) - This section of the show is officially "long lost." Sorry.
  7. Crash
  8. Deeper Still/Lay and Love
  9. Safe Machine
  10. Unfortunate Son

RARITIES     TOP

THE SUN'S HERE. I DON't HAVE TO HIDE.

The Rare Recordings of Mark Sylvis

After two years, I thought it would be fine to put up for download the entire tracklisting of the rare recordings collection we put together for Mark right after he passed.

There's a lot to be said about this collection. Lot's of eras, bands, and musicians represented. To learn more about what you're about to download, visit the THE SUNS HERE I DONT HAVE TO HIDE website. There's a ton of stuff to read about the collection, right down to who played on what.

  1. Extreme Sickness Song
  2. Out The Window
  3. Motivs (Demo)
  4. Disappointed You (Live at The Knitting Factory)
  5. Anything I Want (Demo)
  6. Maybe She's Lost (Live at Beer City Studios)
  7. Until We Meet (Live at Beer City Studios)
  8. Maybe We'll Survive (Demo)
  9. Eurotrash
  10. Looking Glass Self (Demo)
  11. Anywhere But Home (Live at the Harmony Sweet)
  12. Dry Cry (Live at The Mint)
  13. In These Eye (Demo)
  14. Save Yourself (Sense Field Cover)
  15. Pulling Hair (Demo)

Contrary Action (DEMO RECORDING)

I Look at THE PasT and it frowns at me, So I smile back at it.

This is the demo recording of the last song Negative Blue wrote as a band. Mark came in with a song idea and some lyrics, and a couple hours later, this is what we recorded.

In our haste, this was recorded only with one microphone. This recording was originally only made so that we could remember the changes we made to the song during this practice. This song never got a proper recording.

It begins with Mark going over the changes we made in our last takes that day, and includes some additional notes. He also gives direction during the performance.

This recording is performed by Mark Sylvis, Mike Wendland, and me, Thomas Smith. Contrary Action was written by Mark Sylvis.

Download, "Contrary Action." Previously Unreleased

Bedroom Tapes

Wait. This trip is a disaster.

After some digging, David Friedman found some more of Mark's bedroom cassette recordings. David reports that these two songs were recorded by Mark himself in 2002, so that he could then give the tapes to David as a way for him to learn the songs.

Disappointed You you might recognize from the Almost Gone Live at the Knitting Factory recording (available above in the live shows), but No Distraction has always been one of those songs that nobody could find a recording of. Until now.

These recordings are performed by Mark Sylvis, and recorded by Mark himself.